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I’ll reserve this blog for more in-depth reviews of materials, etc..
Lovely rendition of this song from Craig Brandau‘s book, Jazz Chord Solos for Tenor Ukulele (Low G) . . .
A very interesting video on the history of Kamaka Ukulele, one of the oldest and most respected ukulele makers in Hawaii.
Jan is a great multi-instrumentalist that has taken an extended interest in the ukulele. He has some great videos; check out his channel on youtube.
Jake stops in at Google to give a concert while touring his new album, Grand Ukulele:
This includes some of the songs I saw live at Peery’s Egyption Theater in October of 2012.
There is also a really interesting part where he talks about how Alan Parsons recorded his uke.
Gorgeous uke from Lanikai. Nice wood grain, slotted headstock and gold tuners.
A lovely rendition of Eleanor Rigby performed by Greg Hawkes (of The Cars) on his The Beatles Ukulele album:
I think it’s amazing what you can accomplish with a ‘ukulele orchestra’ type setting.
Sarah Maisel & Paul Tillery (who were featured performer/teachers at our festival last year) team up with Marcus Moore at NAMM 2013:
After playing through book one of this method in the morning, I took the opportunity to play through the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 2 in the afternoon. The format is the same as book one, and continues where it left off.
The Pros, Weakness and Cons for this Ukulele Method:
- Continues to have you pluck traditional melodies, learning new keys, notes and bits of theory as you go.
- Continues to include traditional notation & tablature for most of the pieces.
- Teaches you three major moveable chords, very useful information. The author does not, however, back this up with much practicle application (though there are dozens possible).
- Covers hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides, but only provides one piece to reinforce these important techniques.
- Covers a few new strumming patterns and techniques: Ragtime & Calypso Patterns and the Five-Finger Roll & Triplet Stroke.
- Introduces the chord families of D, Bb and A as well as further exploration of minor keys. At this point, if you’re using this method, you should be used to the fast pace of learning new, sometimes difficult chords.
Once again, I think this is an excellent introduction to melodic picking, but does not fully capitolize on the opportunity to add harmonic counterpoint and other techniques of melodic soloing on the instrument. Chording continues to move along at a fast pace, but that is just the author’s approach – though I’d prefer a more gradual approach, with more reinforcement of the principles introduced (a lot of lost opportunity here). However, if you choose this method and follow through with it, you will learn a lot that you can apply to whatever music you choose to learn later on.
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